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Committees

The following are some of the College and University committees on which faculty members may serve.

Program Committees

Program of African Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Chris Abani, Director
    • Meagan Keefe, Associate Director
    • Adia Benton
    • Kathleen Berzock
    • Sean Hanretta
    • Esmeralda Kale
    • Soyini Madison
    • Will Reno
    • Zekeria Salem
    • Chris Udry
  • Program website

Program in American Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Shana Bernstein, Director
    • Michael Allen
    • Kevin Boyle
    • Nicolette Bruner
    • Thomas Burke
    • Geraldo Cadava
    • Tony Chen
    • Bob Orsi
    • Jan Radway
    • Ivy Wilson
  • Program website

Committee on Asian American Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Nitasha Sharma, Director
    • Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson
    • Ray San Diego
    • Shalini Shankar
  • Program website

Brady Scholars Program Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • Richard Kraut, Director 
    • Kyla Ebels Duggan
    • Adam Goodman
    • Sarah Monoson
  • Program website

Business Institutions Center

  • Program committee members:
    • Bill Rogerson, Director
    • Katy Breen
    • Tony Chen
    • Jeannette Colyvas
    • Mary Finn
    • Laurel Harbridge
    • Brayden King
    • Michael Mazzeo
    • William White
    • Mark Witte
  • Center website

Chicago Fields Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Jim Farr, Director
    • Henry Binford
    • Tony Chen
    • Jaime Dominguez
    • Robert Gundlach
    • Albert Hunter
    • Bill Leonard
    • Hilarie Lieb
    • Elizabeth Smith
    • Kim Suiseeya
    • Francesca Tataranni
    • Keith Woodhouse
  • Program website

Program in Cognitive Science

  • Program committee members:
    • Matthew Goldrick, Director
    • Rick Ashley
    • Jennifer Cole
    • Jennifer Cutler
    • Michael Glanzberg
    • Steve Franconeri
    • Sid Horton
    • Mary McGrath
    • Bryan Pardo
    • Angela Roberts
    • Sepehr Vakil
    • Marcelo Worsley
  • Program website

Program in Comparative Literary Studies Core Faculty

  • Program committee members:
    • Alessia Ricciardi, Director
    • Chris Abani
    • César Braga-Pinto
    • Laura Brueck
    • Chris Bush
    • Corey Byrnes
    • Clare Cavanagh
    • Jorge Coronado
    • Penelope Deutscher
    • Ryan Dohoney
    • Scott Durham
    • Harris Feinsod 
    • Hannah Feldman
    • Peter Fenves
    • Reginald Gibbons
    • Susannah Gottlieb
    • Nina Gourianova
    • Marianne Hopman
    • Rebecca Johnson
    • Rajeev Kinra
    • Jörg Kreienbrock
    • Evan Mwangi
    • Patrick Noonan
    • Nasrin Qader
    • Domietta Torlasco
    • Alejandra Uslenghi
    • Neil Verma
    • Annabel We
    • Samuel Weber
    • Jennifer Weintritt
    • William West
    • Tristram Wolff
  •  Program website

Program in Critical Theory

  • Program committee members:
    • Cristina Lafont, Director
    • Penelope Deutscher, Co-Director
    • Peter Fenves, Co-Director
    • Mark Vinzenz Alznauer
    • Marquis Bey
    • Ryan Wayne Dohoney
    • Christine M Helmer
    • Barnor Hesse
    • Michael M Loriaux
    • José Maria Medina
    • Anna Parkinson
    • Alejandra Uslenghi
    • Jeong Eun Annabel We
    • Samuel Weber
    • Barry Wimpfheimer
    • Rebecca Zorach
    • Rachel Zuckert
  • Program website

Environmental Policy and Culture Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Keith Woodhouse, Director
    • Shana Bernstein
    • Richard Kraut
    • Melissa Rosenzweig
    • Kim Marion Suiseeya
    • Susan Thistle
    • Tristram Wolff
  • Program website

Program Committee in Environmental Science

  • Program committee members:
    • Patricia Beddows, Director
    • Daniel Horton
    • Joe Walsh
    • Mark Witte
    • Keith Woodhouse
    • Nyree Zerega
  • Program website

Gender Studies Advisory Board

  • Program committee members:
    • Jan Radway, Director
    • Héctor Carrillo
    • Joshua Chambers-Letson
    • Nick Davis
    • Mary Dietz
    • Jillana Enteen
    • Kasey Evans
    • Tessie Liu
    • Jeffrey Masten
    • Jose Medina
    • Jennifer Nash
    • Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
    • Ann Orloff
    • Amy Partridge
    • Miriam Petty
    • Paola Zamperini
  • Program website

Global Health Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Bill Leonard, Director
    • Elham Hoominfar
    • Peter Locke
    • Charlayne Mitchell
    • Beatriz Reyes
    • Sarah Rodriguez
    • Rebecca Seligman
    • Noelle Sullivan
    • Sera Young
  • Program website

Integrated Science Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Adilson Motter, Director
    • Jason Brickner
    • Ezra Getzler
    • Todd Gingrich
    • Elvire Mulyukova
    • Indira Raman
    • Frederic Rasio
    • Sandy Zabell
  • Program website

International Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Ian Hurd, Director
    • Lori Beaman
    • Galya Ben-Arieh
    • Mark Hauser
    • Daniel Immerwahr
    • Rajeev Kinra
    • Michelle Molina
    • Evan Mwangi
    • Stephen Nelson
    • Laura Beth Nielsen
    • Ann Orloff
    • Wendy Pearlman
    • Galya Ruffer
    • Zekeria Salem
  • Program website

Crown Family Center for Jewish & Israel Studies Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • David Shyovitz, Director
    • Danny Cohen
    • Sarah Cushman
    • Martin Eichenbaum
    • Peter Fenves
    • Benjamin Frommer
    • Stefan Ionescu
    • Lucille Kerr
    • Marcus Moseley
    • Anna Parkinson
    • Yohanan Petrovsky Shtern
    • Elie Rekhess
    • Hanna Seltzer
    • Kenneth Seeskin
    • Lilah Shapiro
    • Claire Sufrin
    • Barry Wimpfheimer
    • Ipek Yosmaoglu
  • Center website

Council on Language Instruction

  • Council members:
    • Oya Topçuoğlu, Chair
    • Chyi Chung, Treasurer
    • Tasha Seago-Ramaly, Secretary
    • Matthew Taylor, Listserv
    • Hong Jiang, Webpage
    • Ronit Alexander
    • Raquel Amorese
    • Fadia Antabli
    • Elisa Baena
    • María Jesús Barros García
    • Denise Bourras
    • David Boyk
    • Chin-Hung Chang
    • Rifka Cook
    • Massimiliano Delfino
    • Margaret Dempster
    • Elisabeth Elliott
    • Wen-Pin Hsieh
    • Ya-Ching Hsu
    • JingJing Ji
    • Martina Kerlova
    • Fatima Khan
    • Elena Lanza
    • Erin Leddon
    • Eunmi Lee
    • Yanting Li
    • Dominique Licops
    • Denise Meuser
    • Ragy Mikhaeel
    • Shannon Millikin
    • Julia Moore
    • Reyes Morán
    • Paola Morgavi
    • Peter Mwangi
    • Asha Nagaraj
    • Rami Nair
    • Ryan Platte
    • Daniela Pozzi Pavan
    • Rana Raddawi
    • Aude Raymond
    • Deborah Rosenberg
    • Rob Ryder
    • Junko Sato
    • Patricia Scarampi
    • Yumi Shiojima
    • Sara Stefanich
    • Jili Sun
    • Francesca Tataranni
    • Hanna Tzuker-Seltzer
    • María Teresa Villanueva
    • Katia Viot-Southard
    • Michal Wilczewski
    • Ana Thomé Williams
    • Noriko Taira Yasohama
    • Ingrid Zeller
  • Program website

Latino/a Studies Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • John Márquez, Director
    • Ana Aparicio
    • Geraldo Cadava
    • Jaime Dominguez
    • Myrna Garcia
    • Elvia Mendoza
    • Michael Rodriguez Muñiz
    • Mόnica Russel y Rodriguez
    • Mérida Rúa
  • Program website

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Jorge Coronado, Director
    • Ana Arjona
    • Lina Britto
    • Drew Edward Davies
    • Paul Gillingham
    • Mark Hauser
    • Emily Maguire
    • Paul Ramirez
  • Program website

Program in Legal Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Laura Beth Nielsen, Director
    • Galya Ben-Arieh
    • Shana Bernstein
    • Leigh Bienen
    • Traci Burch
    • Tony Chen
    • Shari Diamond
    • Caitlin Fitz
    • Joanna Grisinger
    • John Hagan
    • Katherine Hoffman
    • Ian Hurd
    • Kate Masur
    • Quinn Mulroy
    • Robert Nelson
    • Andrew Papachristos
    • Stefan Vogler
    • Barry Wimpfheimer
  • Program website

Program in Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences

Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR)

  • Program committee members:
    • Patty Loew, Co-Director
    • Kelly Wisecup, Co-Director
    • Megan Bang
    • Forrest Bruce
    • Patrick Eccles
    • Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
    • John Low
    • Nikki Bonne McDaid-Morgan
    • Aaron Packman
  • Program website

Program in Neuroscience

  • Program committee members:
    • Catherine Woolley, Director
    • Tom Bozza
    • Matthew Goldrick
    • Bill Kath
    • Dave McLean
    • Robin Nusslock
    • Ken Paller
    • Jason Sanchez
  • Program website

Committee on the Paris Program

Program committee members:

  • Sam Weber, Director
  • Holly Clayson
  • Scott Durham
  • Michael Loriaux

Science in Human Culture Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Ken Alder, Director
    • Lydia Barnett
    • Adia Benton
    • Steven Epstein
    • Paul Ramirez
    • Michael Rodriguez-Muniz
    • James Schwoch
  • Program website

Other Committees

Curricular Policies Committee

The Curricular Policies Committee oversees the quality and coherence of undergraduate academic programs. The Curricular Policies Committee examines the curriculum and makes recommendations to the faculty about degree requirements, the awarding of credit, grading policies, the establishment of major and certificate concentrations, and, in general, any College-wide regulation or procedure affecting academic programs. The committee meets as often as warranted. It comprises ten members: two faculty members from each of the three divisions, two students, the associate dean for undergraduate studies ex officio, and the assistant dean for curriculum ex officio. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Justin E. Brown
  • Robin Nusslock
  • Deborah S. Rosenberg
  • Elizabeth Tipton
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Curricular Review Committee

The Curricular Review Committee considers proposals for new courses and significant course revisions, for changes in existing major and certificate programs, and for ad hoc majors, courses in the program of student-organized seminars, and programs of field study and internships. The committee meets as needed and reports its actions at least once a year to the faculty. It comprises eleven members: two faculty members from each of the three divisions, three students, the associate dean for undergraduate studies ex officio, and the assistant dean for curriculum ex officio. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Veronica Berns
  • Lisa Del Torto
  • Kyla Ebels-Duggan
  • Sid Horton
  • Laura Lackner
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Committee on Appeals

The Committee on Appeals considers appeals by students of rulings of the associate dean for undergraduate studies in cases of alleged dishonesty in academic work.It considers appeals by students who believe that grades they have received are the result of inconsistent, capricious or prejudicial standards on the part of the instructor and who have exhausted their recourse at the department or program level. The associate dean for undergraduate studies first hears each appeal. If, in the judgment of the associate dean for undergraduate studies, there is prima facie evidence of prejudiced or capricious grading, he or she presents the background of each student's case to the committee.

It considers appeals by students who have been dismissed for academic reasons and whose petitions for early readmission have been denied by the associate dean for undergraduate studies (or a member of his or her staff, usually the assistant dean for academic standing). Furthermore, it considers petitions for readmission from students who have been dismissed for academic reasons on more than one occasion.

The committee comprises twelve members: three faculty members from each of the three divisions, and three students. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Jim Farr (chair)
  • Sara Broaders
  • Franz Geiger
  • Paul Gillingham
  • James Hodge
  • Andrew Johnstson
  • Elena Rose Karras
  • Baron Reed
  • Nathaniel Stern
  • Jacob Richard Summers
  • Diana Velazquez
  • Sera Young

Committee on Undergraduate Academic Excellence

The Committee on Undergraduate Academic Excellence. This committee considers recommendations by departments and programs of students deemed worthy to be cited as graduating with "department honors" or "with program honors." This committee has six faculty members, two from each division. The associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs and the assistant dean for curriculum and assessment are ex officio.

  • LiCheng Gu, ALC
  • Mark Hauser, Anthropology
  • Christine Russin
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Committee on Tenure

After the appropriate review by the department, the College-wide Committee on Tenure evaluates and makes recommendations to the Dean on candidates for promotion to the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure. Members are elected by the tenure-line faculty in a College-wide election. The committee is comprised of 12 tenured faculty members, four from each Division. Faculty on the Tenure Committee serve three year terms.

  • César Braga-Pinto
  • Laura Brueck
  • Geraldo Cadava
  • Jennifer Cole
  • André de Gouvêa
  • Ezra Getzler
  • Sarah Jacoby
  • Greg Miller
  • Adilson Motter
  • Nasrin Qader
  • Cynthia Robin
  • Regan Thomson

Committee on Promotion

After the appropriate review by the department, the College-wide Committee on Promotion evaluates and makes recommendations to the Dean on candidates for promotion from tenured associate professor to full professor, the highest rank. Members are elected by the tenure-line faculty in a College-wide election. The committee comprises 6 tenured full professors, 2 from each Division. The terms are three years.

  • Nir Avni
  • Bruce Carruthers
  • Indira Raman
  • Mérida M. Rúa
  • William N. West
  • Jessica Winegar

Faculty Appeals Panel

This is the University body that hears appeals from faculty regarding various kinds of personnel actions, principally negative decisions about tenure and promotion. College representatives are appointed by the Dean for each position. There are 13 members on this body from the College, including 10 tenure-line members and three teaching-track members. The terms are two years.

  • Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano (TL-Div I)
  • John Francis (TL-Div I)
  • Laura Lackner (TL-Div I)
  • Ana Arjona (TL-Div II)
  • Kevin Boyle (TL-Div II)
  • Hirokazu Miyazaki (TL-Div II)
  • Marciano Siniscalchi (TL-Div II)
  • Mark Alznauer (TL-Div III)
  • Baron Reed (TL-Div III)
  • Helen Thompson (TL-Div III)
  • Ryan Platte (TT-Div I)
  • Erin Waxenbaum (TT-Div II)
  • Nyree Zerega (TT-Div III)

Teaching Track Promotion and Reappointment Committee

Since 1987, Weinberg NTE faculty have been considered for promotion through a professional NTE rank. This committee is now elected and has been expanded to advise the Dean on matters of teaching-track reappointment. The committee comprises four teaching-track faculty at the rank of Professor of Instruction—one faculty member elected by division, with Division III divided into those who engaged in language instruction and those who are not. The composition of this committee changed in 2018-19 when the teaching-track faculty ranks could produce a full-committee of Professors of Instruction in order to evaluate promotions to this rank. Members serve for three years on staggered terms.

  • Div. I:  Ursula Porod (year 1)
  • Div. II: Ian Savage (year 1)     
  • Div. III-Language Instruction:  Noriko Yasohama (year 1) 
  • Div. III-Arts & Humanities:  Barbara Shwom (year 2)

Teaching Track Merit Review Committee

Inaugurated in 2010, this committee is made of four teaching-track faculty at the rank of Associate Professor of Instruction or Professor of Instruction—one faculty member elected by division, with Division III divided into those who engaged in language instruction and those who are not. The merit review committee is charged with reviewing the CV supplements/ annual reviews of the teaching-track faculty and other NTE faculty on multiple year appointments for the purposes of merit for salary setting. Members serve for three years on staggered terms.
  • Div. I: Ursula Porod    
  • Div. II: Noelle Sullivan      
  • Div. III: Rami Nair
  • Div. III: Claire Sufrin

Tenure Line Merit Review Committee

Also referred to as the Tenure Line Budget Committee, this is a three-member committee - one full professor from each Division - that works with the Dean to recommend salary increases for the tenure-line faculty. Members are chosen via divisional election. The terms are three years.

  • Amy Rosenzweig (Div I)
  • Joel Horowitz (Div II)
  • José Medina (Div III)

Administrative Board of the Graduate School

This is the group that works with the Dean and Associate Deans of The Graduate School to consider policy and practice with regard to graduate education. Weinberg representatives also review graduate course proposals. The College representatives are appointed by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for a three-year period. Current Weinberg representatives are:

  • Yarrow Axford (Div I)
  • Michael Allen (Div II)
  • Jesús Escobar (Div III)
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